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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

The Landlord's Daughter, sung by many of the islanders in the Green Man inn, is a bawdy song highly suggestive of Willow's (Britt Ekland) sexual proclivity. Willow appears to accept this as a compliment and dances in a suggestive way with Oak (Ian Campbell).

Several partially clad and naked couples are seen apparently copulating outside at night.

A naked woman with breasts in clear view is seen sat crying against a gravestone.

Director's Cut only: The song Gently Johnny describes a sexual encounter.

Director's Cut only: The sounds of Willow (Britt Ekland) and Ash (Richard Wren) having sex are heard.

A young woman is seen suckling a baby in a derelict church.

Pregnant women in partially see-through slips are seen picking blossom from trees.

Apparently naked young women are seen dancing and jumping through a fire. Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) refers to them as children.

Willow (Britt Ekland) is seen singing and dancing naked. Her breasts are shown in medium close-up and there are full length views of her back (for which a body-double was used).

A woman is discovered naked in the bath. She exposes her breasts to Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward).

Several island women play sexually suggestive games with the Hobbyhorse and Punch during the procession.

Violence & Gore

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) hits Alder MacGregor (Lindsay Kemp) on the head with a candlestick, knocking the man unconscious. He is later seen alive and unharmed.

Six swordsmen are seen apparently decapitating a dancer. No blood is shown (and the "head" is immediately revealed to be a hollow dummy).

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) punches an islander in the face.

Oak (Ian Campbell) throws Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) to the ground and then physically restrains him.

Superficial amounts of blood are seen on Sergeant Howie's face after his run through the caves.

Profanity

A character frequently shouts "God!" and "Jesus!" but at the time, he is literally pleading for God and Jesus to help him.

Many of the islanders are seen drinking, smoking and cavorting in the Green Man inn.

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) drinks a pint of beer with his meal.

The gravedigger (Aubrey Morris) smokes a pipe.

Islanders are shown drinking and cavorting on the morning of May Day.

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) asks for a glass of whisky, which he downs in one.

In the undertaker's, Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward), removes the lid of a coffin to reveal an elderly woman's body with amputated hand and bloody stump.

A young girl falls out of a closet, apparently dead. She quickly gets up, laughing, revealing this to be a prank.

A man is burned alive (along with many animals) inside the Wicker Man, we hear him scream but don't see anything horrible

R for some violent content, sexual material and nudity.

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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) / Australia:R (original rating) / Finland:K-18 (2006) (DVD) / Finland:K-16 (1983) (self applied) (video) / Germany:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:16 (Final Cut) / Ireland:18 (original rating) / Ireland:15 (re-rating) (2002) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:16 (1974) / South Africa:(Banned) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 (DVD rating) / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) / UK:18 (video rating) (1990) / USA:R

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